I have spoken and taught Spanish
for over 20 years, teaching at Tulane University, Berlitz, and in
Buenos Aires. My experience using music to learn a foreign language
first began many years ago while I was a Rotary Exchange student
Mexico. Music played a large role in my becoming fluent in Spanish,
and also helped me retain my language skills through the years.
As I moved on to other languages such as Italian and Portuguese,
music once again provided an important tool for acquiring and practicing
grammar concepts, vocabulary, and pronunciation.
I don't discount the importance
of spending time with native speakers, but music is a wonderful
supplement for developing and maintaining your language skills.
The main goal of The Musical Linguist is to provide products
that make learning fun. To this end I encourage all to send comments,
questions, or suggestions to my email address, so that we can create
products that best suit your needs.
Stacey Tipton Reiman holds an M.A.
from Tulane University in Latin American Studies and is also a proud
alumnus of Washington State University. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband Rob and children Nicolas, Julia, and Catherine.
Mel and Brenda Tipton, Co-Publishers
To see the people who helped
turn this line of products from a dream into a reality, please take
a look at my parents Mel and Brenda. To
see their picture click here.
Vocalist Erick Gabriel
A former child music star from
Caracas, VenezuelaErick began his musical career at age 10
when he appeared as a contestant in a television show called "Child
Star Search." At age 12 he was selected from the Venezuelan
musical festival to become part of the cast of a tv program called
"Festichamo," where he performed as a singer and actor
for 2 years. By age 17 he recorded his first solo album, "Erick
Gabriel" with Velvet Records in Caracas. During his album tour
he was invited to open for blockbuster Latin stars such as Ricardo
Arjona. Erick is also an accomplished composer, and his songs have
been used in television throughout Latin America and broadcast on
Univision in the United States.
Vocalist Jorge Parra
Born with a natural ear for
music, Jorge began his musical career in Caracas singing with a
juvenile group called "Arcos y Voces Juveniles." He went on
to study theory in the renowned musical school of Emil Friedman,
and later in the private Venezuelan conservatory Juan Jose Landaeta.
After resettling in the U.S., Jorge further developed his talents
as the lead vocalist for the Spanish Rock band EXODO, where he toured
around the U.S. and Puerto Rico for 10 years. In Puerto Rico they
participated in the biggest Spanish Rock Festival to date called
"Primer Festival de Pop-Rock Latino," playing in front of audiences
of over 35,000 people. We are fortunate to have Jorge's charismatic
voice and energy as one of the driving forces behind Musical Spanish.
If you'd like to hear some of Jorge's songs with Exodo, go
to his mp3.com page.
Marianne Jacques Pohl
Marianne also teaches Business Education at a Junior
High School. Marianne helped design the cover art
and website for Musical Spanish, and has helped with marketing
and strategy. Marianne is a proud alumnus of Washington
State University, and was also a Rotary foreign exchange student
in Kagoshima, Japan.
Tipton is our Web Strategy Director. Mel has been one of the guinea
pigs for Musical Spanish since the beginning. His web expertise has
enabled us to create this virtual space for promoting Musical Spanish.
When Mel isn't helping to promote The Musical Linguist on the
web, he can be found working in Business Development at a software